“Promise”

Jerimiah 33:14-16

Reflection: The Lord kept his promise to send a Savior, the righteous Branch of David’s house.

Do you remember when a deal could be sealed with a handshake? Once upon a time one’s word was considered one’s bond. In today’s world we no longer depend on people keeping their promises as a practice of moral obligation. More often we anticipate a breach of trust at some point in most every relationship. “The Backlist,” “Scandal,” “The Good Wife,” and “Empire” are all television shows that focus on the theme of betrayal. Democrats, Republicans, and all politicians alike thrive on the construction of false campaign promises. A lot of us are led to the belief that it’s normal to make promises and then break them. The old adage claims that promises are meant to be broken. But promises are meant to be kept! God keeps His promise to send us a savior in spite of our tendency to disappoint God. God’s integrity is unimpeachable. With kindness and affection God cares about our welfare! God promises that our sins have been atoned for in Christ so that when He returns our earthly sorrows will at last turn to joy! We serve a loving, compassionate and merciful God! This Christmas let us be mindful of God’s faithfulness in delivering His promised precious remarkable gift of grace through our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Righteous Branch of David’s house!  Read more

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Rev. Vicky Allen - Advent Devotionals

Celebrate New Life!

First UMC of Fairless Hills recently sent us their annual Advent devotional booklet, a collection of 26 thoughtful meditations authored by Pastor Vicky Allen and 18 church members. It arrived neatly copied, folded and stapled together on plain paper, as plain perhaps as the rustic manger where the baby Jesus was born. But their heartfelt prose and prayers elevate those plain pages into rich testaments of faith and simple theological wisdom that can inspire one’s daily reading and reflection.

Allen and her fellow scribes agreed to let us publish their Advent offerings in our Website’s INSPIRE section for the edification of our readers. So take one or more of these a day, like a prescription from the Great Physician, to help fortify and prepare your heart for the coming of the once and future King, who rules and abides with us even today.  Read more

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